Updated on May 25, 2018.
IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS AGREEMENT, DO NOT UNDERSTAND OR AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT, OR ARE NOT ABLE TO CONSENT TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT (E.G., IF YOU ARE NOT OLD ENOUGH TO ENTER INTO A BINDING LEGAL CONTRACT), DO NOT USE THE GIVZ PLATFORM.
THE GIVZ PLATFORM IS OFFERED FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND IS NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED TO PERSONS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION OR ITS MEMBER STATES (THE "EU"). IF YOU ARE IN THE EU, YOU MAY NOT USE THE GIVZ PLATFORM.
NOTE THAT DISPUTES ABOUT THIS AGREEMENT OR RELATING TO THE GIVZ PLATFORM GENERALLY MUST BE RESOLVED BY BINDING ARBITRATION AND ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS ONLY. See Section 24 of this Agreement for more details.
1. Description of GIVZ Platform and Service
GIVZ Inc. offers a multidimensional platform through which Users create personal accounts, search for U.S.-based charities, donate to the U.S. charity of his or her choice, and view and export donation histories and automatically-created tax forms. GIVZ’s primary objective is to create a User-friendly charitable giving experience by making donating to charities easier and more accessible to the general population.
Through the GIVZ Platform, Users can easily search our database of over 1.5 million charitable organizations in the U.S., “save” his or her favorite organizations, donate instantly through our secure GIVZ Platform, and have instant access to his or her complete donation history all in one place. The specific features and functionality of the GIVZ Platform are dynamic and may change from time to time. GIVZ does not guarantee that any of the information provided through its GIVZ Platform is accurate or up-to-date. GIVZ does not own, manage, endorse, advocate for, or operate any of the third party materials or services that may be provided through the GIVZ Platform, including any charitable organization or payment processor. GIVZ acts solely as service to help facilitate Users’ ability to locate and donate to charities of their choice.
2. Scope and Acceptance
Anyone who accesses or uses the GIVZ Platform is a “User.” This Agreement sets forth your rights and obligations as a User with respect to your access to and use of the GIVZ Platform and use of any and all information or data of any kind arising from access to, or use of, the GIVZ Platform, including, without limitation, any text, graphics, sound recordings, audio, video, and art work.
3. Eligibility and Access
If you are accessing or using the GIVZ Platform on behalf of any business, organization, or other entity of any kind, you represent and warrant that you are authorized (a) to accept these terms on its behalf and (b) to bind such business, organization, or entity to this Agreement.
The GIVZ Platform is not intended or authorized for use by persons under the age of thirteen (13). By using the GIVZ Platform, you represent and warrant that you are thirteen (13) years of age or older and that you agree to and agree to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If GIVZ believes that you are under the age of thirteen (13) or that you are not old enough to consent to and be legally bound by this Agreement, GIVZ may, at any time, in its sole discretion, and with or without notice: (i) terminate your access to or use of the GIVZ Platform (or any portion, aspect, or feature of it), or (ii) delete any content or information that you have posted through the GIVZ Platform.
THE GIVZ PLATFORM IS OFFERED FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND IS NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED TO PERSONS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION OR ITS MEMBER STATES (THE “EU”). IF YOU ARE IN THE EU, YOU MAY NOT USE THE GIVZ PLATFORM.
GIVZ reserves the right to deny access to the GIVZ Platform at our discretion and for any reason, including any breach of this Agreement.
4. Account Information and Security
We reserve complete and sole discretion with respect to the operation of the GIVZ Platform. We reserve the right to change terms and warranties without notice. We also reserve the right to withdraw, suspend, or discontinue any functionality or feature of the GIVZ Platform at any time.
7. Inaccuracies on the GIVZ Platform
A possibility exists that the GIVZ Platform could include inaccuracies or errors and that additions, deletions, and alterations could be made to the GIVZ Platform by unauthorized third-parties. Although GIVZ attempts to ensure the integrity of the GIVZ Platform, it makes no guarantees as to the completeness, correctness, or accuracy of the GIVZ Platform or any of the content on the GIVZ Platform. If you believe any portion of the GIVZ Platform includes an error or inaccuracy, please notify us.
8. Availability of the GIVZ Platform
It is not possible to operate the GIVZ Platform with 100% guaranteed uptime. GIVZ will make reasonable efforts to keep the GIVZ Platform operational. However, certain technical difficulties, routine site and/or app maintenance and upgrades, and other events may, from time to time, result in interruptions to or outages of the GIVZ Platform. In addition, GIVZ reserves the right at any time, and from time to time, to modify or discontinue (on a temporary or permanent basis) certain functions of the GIVZ Platform, with or without notice.
You agree that GIVZ shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any direct or indirect consequence of any modification, suspension, discontinuance of, or interruption to the GIVZ Platform.
9. Technical Requirements
The name “GIVZ” and the “GIVZ” logos are trademarks of GIVZ in the United States and other countries. All other company names, logos, and trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. Nothing herein shall be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use GIVZ’s name, logos, trademarks or other intellectual property displayed on the GIVZ Platform except as expressly provided herein or by obtaining the written permission of GIVZ or such other third party owner, as applicable. You acknowledge that GIVZ will aggressively enforce its intellectual property rights with respect to its trademarks to the fullest extent of the law, including, without limitation, the seeking of criminal prosecution.
11. GIVZ Proprietary Rights
The GIVZ Platform is owned and operated by GIVZ. As between you and GIVZ, GIVZ owns and retains all proprietary rights in the GIVZ Platform. The hardware, software, content, text, photographs, visual interfaces, interactive features, information, trademarks, logos, graphics, music, design, artwork, compilation, computer code, products, software, services, structure and “look and feel” of this content and all other elements of the GIVZ Platform (“GIVZ Materials”), is owned, controlled or licensed by or to GIVZ, and is protected by copyright, trade dress, patent, trademark, unfair competition, and other intellectual property laws of the United States and other jurisdictions, international conventions, and all other relevant intellectual property and proprietary rights, and applicable laws. All GIVZ Materials, including intellectual property rights therein and thereto, are the property of GIVZ or its subsidiaries or affiliated companies and/or third-party licensors. You may not sell, license, distribute, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, modify, publicly perform or display, encode, translate, transmit, publish, edit, adapt, create derivative works from, or otherwise make unauthorized use of the GIVZ Materials, without GIVZ’s express prior written consent. GIVZ reserves all rights not expressly granted in this Agreement. You shall not acquire any right, title or interest to the GIVZ Materials, whether by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, except for the limited rights set forth in this Agreement. You acknowledge that GIVZ will aggressively enforce its intellectual property rights with respect to its GIVZ Materials to the fullest extent of the law, including, without limitation, the seeking of criminal prosecution.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may view, download, print, and copy GIVZ Materials for your own personal, informational use, provided that (i) you do not modify the GIVZ Materials and (ii) you retain all copyright and propriety notices originally contained in the GIVZ Materials on any copies.
12. User Feedback
Any feedback, comments, ideas, improvements or suggestions (collectively, “Suggestions”) provided by you to GIVZ with respect to the GIVZ Platform shall remain the sole and exclusive property of GIVZ. GIVZ shall be free to use, copy, modify, publish, or redistribute the Suggestions for any purpose and in any way without credit or compensation to you.
13. Permitted Use
Certain GIVZ materials on the GIVZ Platform are protected by intellectual property laws, including but not limited U.S. copyright laws. You expressly acknowledge and agree that the content accessible within the GIVZ Platform that is not expressly designated as being provided by a third party is the property of GIVZ and its content providers, and GIVZ and its content providers retain all right, title, and interest in the content.
Subject to the terms of this Agreement, you are granted a limited, personal, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, non-assignable, non-transferable, and revocable license to access and use the GIVZ Platform and related materials solely for your own personal use in accordance with the license scope and use restrictions specified in the Master Agreement. Except as expressly provided, all rights are reserved.
You agree not to use the GIVZ Platform or any aspect or feature thereof for any unlawful purpose or in any way that might harm, damage, or disparage any other party. Without limiting the preceding sentence, you agree that you will not do, or attempt to do, any of the following, unless expressly authorized by GIVZ to do so:
(a) alter or modify the GIVZ Platform, or make any electronic reproduction, adaptation, distribution, performance, or display of the GIVZ Platform, or any portion thereof, except to the extent required for the limited purpose of reviewing material on or interacting with the GIVZ Platform;
(b) sell, rent, lease, transfer, distribute, broadcast, display, provide, or otherwise assign to any third party any rights to the GIVZ Platform, or related materials;
(c) remove or modify any proprietary notice or labels on the GIVZ Platform, or related materials, including author attribution and copyright notices, or use any of our trademarks as meta-tags on any other website or application;
(d) use the GIVZ Platform for any non-authorized commercial purpose or any illegal purpose, including any comparative or competitive research purposes;
(e) copy, modify, erase, or damage any information contained on computer servers used or controlled by GIVZ or any third party;
(f) use the GIVZ Platform to violate any legal right of any third party, including any publicity or privacy right, copyright, or other intellectual property right, or to take any action that is harassing, libelous, defamatory, abusive, tortious, threatening, harmful, or otherwise objectionable;
(g) access or use any password-protected, secure, or non-public areas of the GIVZ Platform, or access data on the GIVZ Platform not intended for you, except as specifically authorized in writing by GIVZ;
(h) impersonate or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity;
(i) use any automated means to access or use the GIVZ Platform, including scripts, bots, scrapers, data miners, or similar software, or display the GIVZ Platform, or portions thereof, in things (e.g., deep linking, framing, scraping, etc.), without our express written permission;
(j) attempt to or actually disrupt, impair, or interfere with the GIVZ Platform, or any information, data, or materials posted and/or displayed by GIVZ;
(k) attempt to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of the GIVZ Platform or breach any implemented security or authentication measures, regardless of your motives or intent; or
(l) undertake, cause, permit or authorize the modification, creation of derivative works, translation, reverse engineering, decompiling, disassembling or hacking of all or part of the GIVZ Platform or any other part thereof, except and solely to the extent permitted by law, or otherwise attempt to use or access any of the GIVZ Platform other than as intended; or
(m) attempt to interfere with or disrupt access to or use of the GIVZ Platform by any User, processor, host, or network, including, without limitation, by submitting a virus, worm, Trojan horse, or other malicious code; or
(n) post any content to the GIVZ Platform that: (i) includes any profane, obscene, defamatory, discriminatory, threatening, menacing, harassing, or violent content; (ii) depicts or suggests nudity or sexual acts; (iii) promotes hatred, including against members of a protected group under federal, state, or local law (such as, for example, a group defined by race, gender, or national origin); (iv) is objectively shocking or disgusting; (v) depicts or suggests presently occurring illegal activity; (vi) includes unlicensed proprietary content of a third party, including, e.g., third-party content protected by copyright or trademark for which you do not have a license; (vii) breaches any duty of confidentiality you may have to a third party (e.g., discloses private information about a third party without consent); or (viii) is contrary to GIVZ’s mission; or
(o) use the GIVZ Platform in any manner whatsoever that could lead to a violation of any federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.
14. User Content
GIVZ may, at our sole discretion, permit Users to post, upload, publish, submit, or transmit photos, diagrams, text, testimonials, reviews, videos, sounds, images, or information (collectively, “User Content”). By making available any User Content on or through the GIVZ Platform, you hereby grant GIVZ a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, use, view, copy, adapt, modify, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, stream, broadcast, access, view, and otherwise exploit such User Content on, through, or by means of the GIVZ Platform. GIVZ does not claim any ownerships rights in any such User Content and nothing in this Agreement will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit such User Content.
You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for all User Content that you make available through the GIVZ Platform. Accordingly, you represent and warrant that: (i) you either are the sole and exclusive owner of all User Content that you make available through the GIVZ Platform or you have all rights, licenses, consents, and releases that are necessary to grant to GIVZ the rights in such User Content, as contemplated under this Agreement; (ii) neither the User Content nor your posting, uploading, publication, submission, or transmittal of the User Content or GIVZ’s use of the User Content (or any portion thereof) on, through, or by means of the GIVZ Platform will infringe, misappropriate, or violate a third-party’s patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights, or other proprietary or intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation, and (iii) all User Content complies with the Permitted Uses enumerated above in Section 13 of this Agreement. In addition, you agree to indemnify GIVZ for any violation of the GIVZ Agreement in accordance with the Indemnity provisions below.
You also agree that GIVZ may, but has no obligation to, review or monitor this User Content and may remove or alter any materials that you submit in its sole discretion at any time for any reason.
15. Third Party Content
The GIVZ Platform may contain or display various materials and content from third parties (“Third Party Materials”). The display on or through the GIVZ Platform of such Third Party Materials does not in any way imply, suggest, or constitute any sponsorship, endorsement, or approval by GIVZ of any third party or any affiliation between any such third party and GIVZ. Furthermore, in using and accessing the GIVZ Platform, you agree that GIVZ is in no way responsible for the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of Third Party Materials. GIVZ’s display of specific Third Party Materials does not suggest a recommendation by GIVZ of the third party or any products, services, websites, applications, or plans offered. Your interaction with any third party accessed through the GIVZ Platform (whether online or offline) is at your own risk, and GIVZ will have no liability with respect to the acts, omissions, errors, representations, warranties, breaches or negligence of any such third party or for any personal injuries, death, property damage, or other damages or expenses resulting from your interactions with the third party.
15.2 Third Party Links and References.
The GIVZ Platform may also contain references or links to Third Party Materials and websites and/or applications not controlled by GIVZ, including but not limited to our third party payment processor. GIVZ provides such information and links solely as a convenience to you and such links and references should not be considered endorsements or recommendations of such sites and/or apps or any content, products or information offered on such sites and/or apps. You acknowledge and agree that GIVZ is not responsible for any aspect of the information or content contained in any third party materials or on any third party sites and/or apps accessible or linked from the GIVZ Platform. You agree that GIVZ is not responsible for any injury, harm, damages, or negative experience you may encounter by accessing, visiting, or using such Third Party Materials. If you access, visit, or use any Third Party Materials referred to on the GIVZ Platform, you do so at your own risk. For the avoidance of doubt, this Agreement applies solely to the GIVZ Platform located at www.givz.com and does not apply to any third party website and/or application that may be accessed via third party links on the GIVZ Platform. We encourage you to review the third party agreements of any third party website and/or application you choose to access or use, as their agreements may differ from ours.
16.1 “AS IS” DISCLAIMER.
YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE GIVZ PLATFORM IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE GIVZ PLATFORM IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND AN “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. GIVZ DOES NOT MAKE, AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS, ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, REGARDING (A) THE GIVZ PLATFORM; AND (B) ANY DONATIONS MADE THROUGH THE GIVZ PLATFORM AND/OR ANY OTHER PRODUCTS OR SERVICES OFFERED THROUGH THE GIVZ PLATFORM, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, INCLUDING (WITHOUT LIMITATION) IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS, AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING BY COURSE OF DEALING OR CUSTOM OF TRADE. GIVZ MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY THAT ANY MATERIAL, CONTENT, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES DISPLAYED ON OR OFFERED THROUGH THE GIVZ PLATFORM ARE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, APPROPRIATE, RELIABLE, OR TIMELY. GIVZ ALSO MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES THAT THE GIVZ PLATFORM WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE GIVZ PLATFORM WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, FREE OF VIRUSES, MALICIOUS CODE, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR OTHERWISE WILL BE SECURE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
16.2 CHARITABLE DONATIONS DISCLAIMER.
THE GIVZ PLATFORM UTILIZES THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS TO PROCESS PAYMENTS FOR CHARITABLE DONATIONS AND TO COLLECT AND SEND DONATIONS TO THE RESPECTIVE CHARITIES. GIVZ DOES NOT OVERSEE, MANAGE, OR OTHERWISE CONTROL ANY SUCH THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS, AND THUS GIVZ HAS NO LIABILITY FOR ANY DONATIONS MADE THROUGH THE GIVZ PLATFORM.
17. Limitation of Liability
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW AND NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT, IN NO EVENT SHALL GIVZ OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, PARTNERS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, CONTRACTORS, SUCCESSORS, OR ASSIGNEES BE LIABLE TO YOU (INCLUDING ANY OF YOUR PARTNERS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, CONTRACTORS, SUCCESSORS, OR ASSIGNEES) FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, WHETHER ARISING IN CONTRACT, EQUITY, TORT, OR OTHERWISE (INCLUDING BREACH OF WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, AND STRICT LIABILITY IN TORT), INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES ARISING FROM DELAY, LOSS OF GOODWILL, LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO DATA, INTERRUPTION IN USE OR AVAILABILITY OF DATA, LOSS OF USE OF MONEY OR USE OF PRODUCTS, LOST PROFITS, REVENUE OR SAVINGS (ACTUAL OR ANTICIPATED), OR OTHER ECONOMIC LOSS ENSUING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH (A) THE GIVZ PLATFORM; OR (B) ANY DONATIONS MADE THROUGH THE GIVZ PLATFORM AND/OR ANY OTHER PRODUCTS OR SERVICES OFFERED THROUGH THE GIVZ PLATFORM, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, EVEN IF GIVZ OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING THE FAILURE OF THE ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY.
IF, DESPITE THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES, A COURT OR OTHER TRIBUNAL OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION DECIDES TO AWARD MONETARY DAMAGES TO YOU FOR ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING FROM THE SAME, THE AMOUNT OF MONETARY DAMAGES FOR SUCH CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION SHALL BE NO GREATER THAN ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100).
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU ARE PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR BEHAVIOR IN CONNECTION WITH USE OF THE GIVZ PLATFORM. YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND, AND HOLD HARMLESS GIVZ, ITS PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AND AFFILIATES, AND ITS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, PARTNERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, CONTRACTORS, SUCCESSORS, AND ASSIGNS FROM AND AGAINST ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS, LAWSUITS, DAMAGES, LIABILITIES, LOSSES, COSTS, OR EXPENSES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, REASONABLE FEES AND DISBURSEMENTS OF COUNSEL AND COURT COSTS), JUDGMENTS, SETTLEMENTS, AND PENALTIES OF EVERY KIND ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO ANY VIOLATION OF THIS AGREEMENT AND ANY ACTIVITY RELATED TO YOUR USE OF THE GIVZ PLATFORM.
You agree that GIVZ may, in its sole discretion and without prior notice, terminate your access to or use of any of the GIVZ Platform at any time and for any reason, with or without cause. You also agree that any violation by you of this Agreement will constitute an unlawful and unfair business practice that will cause irreparable harm to GIVZ for which monetary damages would be inadequate. You consent to GIVZ’s obtaining any injunctive or equitable relief that GIVZ deems necessary or appropriate in such circumstances, without the need for a bond. These remedies are in addition to any other remedies GIVZ may have at law or in equity. You agree that GIVZ will not be liable to you or to any third party for termination of your access to, or use of, the GIVZ platform as a result of any violation of the Agreement or for any reason at all.
20. Copyright Infringement
We take copyright violation very seriously and will vigorously protect the rights of legal copyright owners. We may remove material from the GIVZ Platform that appears in our sole discretion to infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others and we will terminate the access rights of any repeat infringer. If you believe a work protected by a U.S. copyright you own has been posted on the GIVZ Platform without authorization, you may notify our copyright agent at the address below, and provide the following information:
(a) a physical or electronic signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner;
(b) identification of the copyrighted work or works claimed to have been infringed;
(c) a detailed description of the material you claim is infringing, together with information sufficient to enable us to locate it, including the URL where the infringing material appears;
(d) your name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
(e) a statement by you that you believe in good faith that the copyrighted material identified is being used in a manner that is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and
(f) a statement by you that the above information is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright allegedly infringed.
To notify GIVZ of claimed copyright infringement, please contact us at:
300 East 93rd St
New York, NY 10128
21. Modifications and Updates
At any time and at GIVZ’s sole discretion, we may add, delete, or modify this Agreement or the GIVZ Platform or any functionality provided through the GIVZ Platform without liability to you. If GIVZ materially modifies these terms, it will make reasonable efforts to notify you of the change. For example, we may send a message to your email address, if we have one on file, or generate a pop-up or similar notification when you access the GIVZ Platform for the first time after such material changes are made. No modifications to this Agreement will apply to any dispute between you and GIVZ that arose prior to the date of such modification. Your use of the GIVZ Platform after modifications to this Agreement become effective constitutes your binding acceptance of such changes. If you are dissatisfied with the terms of this Agreement, then you agree that your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue any use of the GIVZ Platform.
GIVZ may also from time to time provide enhancements or improvements to the features and/or functionality of the GIVZ Platform, which may include patches, bug fixes, updates, upgrades, and other modifications (“Updates”). All Updates are subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Updates may modify or delete certain features and/or functionalities of the GIVZ Platform. You acknowledge and agree that GIVZ has no obligation to (i) provide any Updates; or (ii) continue to provide or enable any particular features and/or functionalities.
22. Access and Use Where Prohibited
Access to and use of the GIVZ Platform are unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of this Agreement, including this Section.
23. International Use
GIVZ makes no representation that the GIVZ Platform or any aspect thereof will be available or appropriate for use in locations outside of the United States. Those who choose to access the GIVZ Platform from locations outside the United States do so at their own risk and are responsible for compliance with local laws and regulations. Users are responsible for compliance with all United States export laws and regulations when exporting any products, services, content, or materials provided through the GIVZ Platform.
24. Dispute Resolution and Binding Arbitration
24.1 Initial Dispute Resolution Process.
GIVZ intends to resolve any and all disputes that may arise between it and its Users in a cost-effective and non-disruptive manner, preferably without the time and expense of litigation. Toward this end, you agree to the following dispute resolution procedure. If you are unable to resolve any dispute in the ordinary course of business, you shall send a written notice to GIVZ in which you outline the issues in dispute, enclose any relevant documents, and state the requested relief. GIVZ shall respond within ten (10) business days with identical information from its perspective. You and a representative of GIVZ shall meet or communicate electronically within ten (10) business days of the delivery of the response, and as often as you and GIVZ mutually deem necessary or desirable thereafter, in an attempt to resolve the matter. If, within sixty (60) days of the first communication, you and GIVZ fail to resolve the matter, you may then proceed to arbitration as described in Section 24.2 below.
After failing to mutually settle any disputes as required in Section 24.1, and except for equitable claims, small claims court, and claims of defamation, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and infringement or misappropriation of the other party’s patent, copyright, trademark, or trade secret, any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be submitted to and settled through binding arbitration.
a) The arbitration will be conducted in accordance with this Agreement, the Federal Arbitration Act and the then-current Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA Rules”). In the event of a conflict, the provisions of the AAA Rules will control, except where those Rules conflict with this Agreement, in which case this Agreement will control.
b) The arbitration shall be conducted before a single arbitrator selected as provided in the AAA Rules and who shall have at least five (5) years of relevant experience. The arbitration shall be commenced and held in New York County, State of New York. No potential arbitrator may be appointed unless he or she has agreed in writing to be bound by these procedures.
c) To the extent state law is applicable, the arbitrator shall apply the substantive law of the State of New York. The U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods shall not apply. Any issue concerning the location of the arbitration, the extent to which any dispute is subject to arbitration, the applicability, interpretation, or enforceability of these procedures, including any contention that all or part of these procedures are invalid or unenforceable, and any discovery disputes, shall be resolved by the arbitrator.
d) Each party will be entitled to reasonable discovery in preparation for the arbitration, including the production of relevant documents and the deposition of witnesses. Any disputes involving discovery shall be heard and resolved by the arbitrator. All objections are reserved for the arbitration hearing, except for objections based on privilege and proprietary or confidential information.
e) All aspects of the arbitration shall be treated as confidential and neither the parties nor the arbitrator may disclose the existence, content or results of the arbitration, except as necessary to comply with legal or regulatory requirements. Before making any such disclosure, a party shall give written notice to all other parties and shall afford such parties a reasonable opportunity to protect their interests.
f) The decision of the arbitrator shall be reduced to writing, shall be final and binding on the parties except for fraud, misconduct, or errors of law, and judgment upon the decision rendered may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator may not, in any event, make any ruling, finding or award that does not conform to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
g) The arbitrator shall award all costs of the arbitration, including arbitrator’s fees, arbitration filing fees, travel costs of witnesses, costs of depositions and reasonable attorney fees to the substantially prevailing party; provided, however, that if the User is the substantially prevailing party, the User shall bear the costs of its own attorney fees.
24.3 Class Action Waiver.
You and GIVZ agree that any proceedings to resolve or litigate any dispute, whether through a court of law or arbitration, shall be solely conducted on an individual basis. You agree that you will not seek to have any dispute heard as a class action, representative action, collective action, private attorney general action, or similar action.
24.4 Wavier of Jury Trial.
THE PARTIES UNDERSTAND THAT BY ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT, BOTH PARTIES ARE GIVING UP THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL AND, IF APPLICABLE, ANY RIGHTS THEY MAY HAVE TO BRING ANY CLAIMS ON A CLASS, REPRESENTATIVE, CONSOLIDATED OR MASS ACTION BASIS.
No action arising out of this Agreement or your access to or use of the GIVZ Platform, regardless of form or the basis of the claim, may be brought by you more than one (1) year after the cause of action has arisen (or if multiple causes, from the date the first such cause arose) and you hereby waive any longer statute of limitations that may be permitted by law.
25.1 Applicable Law and Venue.
Any action related to this Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of New York without regard to the choice or conflicts of law provisions of any jurisdiction. You and GIVZ agree and consent that jurisdiction, proper venue, and the most convenient forums for all claims, actions, and proceedings of any kind relating to the GIVZ Platform or this Agreement that are not submitted to arbitration will be exclusively in the federal or local courts with jurisdiction over New York County, State of New York. If GIVZ does take any legal action against you as a result of your violation of this Agreement, GIVZ will be entitled to recover from you, and you agree to pay, all reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs of such action, in addition to any other relief granted to GIVZ.
25.2 Entire Agreement.
In the event that any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, then: (a) such provision shall be deemed reformed to the extent strictly necessary to render such provision valid and enforceable, or if not capable of such reformation shall be deemed severed from this Agreement; and (b) the validity and enforceability of all of the other provisions hereof, shall in no way be affected or impaired thereby.
No failure or delay in enforcing any provision, exercising any option, or requiring performance, shall be construed to be a waiver of that or any other right in connection with this Agreement.
You may not assign, by operation of law or otherwise, any rights or delegate any duties under this Agreement to any third party, including in connection with a merger or change of control, without prior written consent by GIVZ. Any purported assignment lacking such consent will be void at its inception. GIVZ may assign all or part of its rights and/or delegate all or part of its duties under this Agreement to any party, at any time, and in its sole discretion, upon notice of assignment by posting such notice on the GIVZ Platform.
26. Contacting GIVZ
If you have any comments or questions about the GIVZ Platform, please contact us at 300 East 93rd Street, New York, NY 10128 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Agreement is accepted upon your use of the GIVZ Platform and is further affirmed by you each time you access or use the GIVZ Platform. The section titles in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.